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I absolutely love fresh lavender and have lavender plants in my garden and also in a few small pots in the house.
Not only do they look beautiful when they flower but the smell is absolutely gorgeous and I love brushing past the plants and rubbing a bit of the lavender to release the scent from it.
Lavender is one of the easiest things that I have ever grown and it grows quite quickly too so you can have an established lavender plant in no time at all. They don’t take a lot of looking after and they won’t wilt and die if you just forget to water them daily. In fact mine seem to be better if I don’t water them as much as I would a lot of my plants.
I just make sure to prune them to make sure that they don’t grow too wild and overgrown and to encourage them to flower again every year.
I think they look beautiful when they flower and the lovely violet colour of the flowers is really striking when in bloom. The smell of them is so amazing and nothing like the artificial perfumes that your nana might wear. It is such a fresh and summery smell and is really fragrant and helps make the whole garden smell good.
If you don’t have room to grow some lavender plants in the garden then they grow just as well in pots and look great and would be great for people to grow who don’t have a lot of room such as those that live in apartments.
I first decided to plant Lavender in my garden after seeing it growing in a friend's garden. I could smell the flowers at a distance and the bright purple blooms on rigid green stems looked stunning. I bought a plant and put it in a partially shaded area. Unfortunately it died soon afterwards and I was keen to find out what I'd done wrong. I then bought another plant and put this one in a full sun position and this one is still thriving.
Lavender is one of the prettiest plants you can have in your garden. I actually have mine in a front garden with only a small amount of space so you can plant this even if you have a limited amount of room. It is very imposing among the other plants in the garden and looks very striking. The plant has grown considerably since I first planted it and could now be described as a small, woody shrub. It can still be pruned with large secateurs although the core branches are thick and sturdy after a few years of growth.
The flowers on Lavender are like small tufty ears in the most beautiful blue-purple shade.The leaves on the plant are thin, needle-like and green with a hint of soft white down which looks velvety. The plant has it's own structure so needs no support poles and it tends to grow upwards and with many spikes rather like deer antlers!
As mentioned the fragrance of Lavender is very strong and potent. The plant has almost an intoxicating effect. I love to touch the plant as the scent rubs off on your fingers and is long lasting. You can actually dry parts of the plant and use them in pomanders.
Lavender is one of the plants recommended to wildlife gardeners. I find that I get a lot of bees on the plant but not as many butterflies as other plants or flowers in my garden. On positive is that the plant flowers well into the end of the year so provides a late source of nectar for many insects.
In trying to discover why my first Lavender died I think it may be partially due the conditions they prefer. I would recommend a sunny, sheltered position. I also find the pruning of the plant difficult to get right. Pruning instructions vary according to the variety of Lavender you have so be sure to read the care label before planting. I'd recommend not cutting back hard into bare wood though.
I would certainly recommend the Lavender to anyone looking for a beautiful, striking plant for any size garden (they can also be potted). I would also suggest this plant to any wildlife gardeners.
This is one of my most favourite plants, not only is it beautiful smelling I think it looks a very good.
Nothing better to me in the summer is to have planted lavender near the path and every time someone walks past it gives a great aroma.
Lavender - Lavandula - Hardy Evergreen Perennial
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean islands, India and the Canary Islands, but is now cultivated in all over the world. It likes well drained soil and prefers warm and sunny climates.
The Romans used Lavender in there bath water, Lavender comes from the Latin "lava" which means to wash.
The Romans introduced Lavender to Britain and the monks cultivated it in there monastery gardens. The Romans also noted the fragrance and its power to heal stiff joints and relieve tiredness. The French grow huge fields of Lavender for the perfume trade, which has been done for over 300 year.
There are lots of species of Lavender from common, dwarf, and white Lavender to name a few.
Most Lavender grows between 12 inches in height for the Dwarf variety to 3 foot for the Lavender seal variety.
Quite easy to grow, seeds should be sown in the autumn on the surface of either a seed tray or a big pot and cover with perlite.
Germination is pretty quick if bought indoors, winter the seedling in a cold frame or greenhouse or even a conservatory with ventilation.
In the spring prick out and pot on in multi purpose compost, let the young plants establish a good root ball before planting out in early summer.
Cutting's can be taken but need to be taken from non flowering stems in the spring, and root in multi purpose compost.
Lavender suffers from cuckoo spit insect, the best way to get rid of it is to spray the foam away from the plant, then use a horticulture liquid soap.
There is a fungus Lavender can get called "Phoma lavandulae" which attacks the stems causing wilting and death to the stem, the only way to get rid of this is to dig the plant up and destroy it.
Lavender can be grown in containers.
Gather the flowers just as they open, and dry on open trays or by hanging them up in small bunches, the leaves can be picked anytime to be used fresh.
Throughout history Lavender has been used and it's even more in demand an essential oil.
The oil is used to prevent vertigo and fainting. Its great for burns and stings, and it has strong antibacterial properties which help to heal cuts; the oil also kills diphtheria and typhoid.
Add 6 drops to bath water if you feel irritable and need of a good sleep.
Rub 1 drop of the oil on the temple for a headache relief.
Lavender has a few uses in the kitchen, use the flowers to flavour jelly or make a tea, even cakes. You can also make some very nice Lavender biscuits
50 grams Caster sugar
175 grams Self raising flour
2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped leaves
1 teaspoon of Lavender flowers removed from the spike
Cream the sugar and butter together until light.
Add the flour and the Lavender leaves to the butter mixture.
Knead well until it forms a dough.
Gently roll the dough out on a lightly floured board.
Scatter the Lavender flowers on the dough and lightly press in using the rolling pin.
Cut the dough into small rounds with a pastry cutter.
Place the biscuits on a greased baking tray and bake in a hot oven 230oC for about for 10-12 minutes until golden and firm.
Remove at once and place on a wire tray to cool.
Rub the fresh flowers onto the skin or clothes to deter flies.
Use the flower to make a potpourri or even a herb pillow, place this in the wardrobe on clothes drawer to ward of moths.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender
As with all herbal medicine do your researches before you use it
Thanks for reading my reviews, and thankyou for rating them.
Tashi Delek (May everything be well)
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